Issue of the Week: Saving Teachers’ Jobs
Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week
Heroes of the Week
The nature of their
employment is heroic in and of itself, but this week area firefighters will go
the extra mile by helping the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). MDA’s “Fill
the Boot” campaign will see firefighters from departments in Hartford,
Greenfield and South Milwaukee remove their boots and then
fill them with money from motorists and pedestrians passing by. The funds will
be used locally for MDA client services, such as clinic visits, wheelchair
purchases and repairs, and trips for children and young adults to MDA Summer
Greenfield firefighters will be at 76th Street and Layton Avenue from
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday, June 23-24; the Hartford and South
Milwaukee departments will collect on Friday, June 25.
The Milwaukee Fire Department is scheduled to participate in August.
Jerks of the Week
Defenders in Wisconsin
Last week we called out Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (a BP stockholder) for whining about President Obama being too tough on BP. But he’s not the only BP defender in Wisconsin’s Republican delegation. Take Rep. Paul Ryan, who is part of the Republican Study Committee, which released a statement calling BP’s $20 billion escrow fund “Chicago-style shakedown politics.” Then there are Ron Johnson and Dave Westlake, the Republican Senate candidates who hope to challenge Russ Feingold in the fall. They both disagree with the escrow fund as well, even though the fund is aimed at covering some of the damage caused by BP’s oil spill. Looks like these Republicans think BP’s bottom line is more important than aiding those who have been affected by the corporation’s disastrous drilling.